Late teens/early 20's Indian


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ohdeebee

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Mar 4, 2010
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#1
I bought his bike a week ago, but won't have it in my possession until the end of the month. These bikes are well outside my already limited realm of knowledge so therefore I am consulting with the experts. I've read through the Indian information thread on here a couple of times now, but am still not clear on a lot of the details.

I'd like to know what is right and wrong parts wise on this bike. The only glaring thing I can see are the wheels. Seat looks questionable and the pics I have don't show enough detail on the pedals. The seller provided me after the sale with an original 1916 catalog saying that it came to him with the bike. From what I can tell this bike is not a 1916.

Is there a way to pin down the year more precisely than 1917-1923? Do the serial numbers provide any information or are we still accumulating them in order to find out more information? What years used the flared front fender? What hubs should I be looking for? What pedals should be on the bike? Grips? More than likely this bike will need a repaint as well so I would be interested in color choices as well.

These are all of the photos I have of the bike at the moment, but I'll be happy to provide as many as needed once I have possession of the the bicycle. I'm more than happy to share catalog pics as well, it it's my understanding that this catalog has already been well reproduced and is readily available. Thanks in advance for any information, I look forward to diving into this project and learning as much as I can along the way.

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47jchiggins

I live for the CABE
Sep 15, 2013
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Virginia Beach, 23451
#3
Pinning down the years on some othese Indians has been a challenge, to say the least. I am curious to see the serial number even though I have not found any clear sequential information for the Hendee era bikes. The fork, bottom bracket, rear cross brace where the fender is attached ( curved or straight ) and rear drops will provide clues, congratulations!
Todd
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
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Evans, GA
#6
Not sure about seat but grips may be original and can't tell on pedals. I would guess year to be about 1918 with split bottom bracket. I think this may be the last year for the split BB as well but not for sure. Red is your only color choice and likely with gold pins on the fenders. Rear hub could have been Morrow, ND Model A, or Atherton? Look forward to seeing serial and more pics. V/r Shawn
 
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ohdeebee

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Mar 4, 2010
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Manitowoc, United States
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Picked up the bike today and added some parts. I know the light isn't correct. Saddle looks a lot better with the correct looking undercarriage. Unfortunately the serial number is illegible. Pedals that came with the bike do not match, are either correct? Front fender brace is also broken in half.

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rustyspoke66

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Feb 2, 2010
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Spokane, WA
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Wheels are not the correct era by about 40 or 50 years but its easy enough to build up a era correct ridable wheel set. I think the Mattatuck hub is what replaced New departure but I'm not 100% sure.
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
15,314
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Evans, GA
#17
I see the original Indian red underneath the red house paint. Might be worth a shot to try and remove it. I'm sure Todd will weigh in but based on the font and arrangement of the numbers I'm still sticking by about 1918ish. V/r Shawn
 

redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
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Seattle, United States
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I think this is a 1918 indian fork your looks later. And just a primer this is the light for the Indian and none of it's for sale sorry..
 
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47jchiggins

I live for the CABE
Sep 15, 2013
1,223
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Virginia Beach, 23451
#20
I see the original Indian red underneath the red house paint. Might be worth a shot to try and remove it. I'm sure Todd will weigh in but based on the font and arrangement of the numbers I'm still sticking by about 1918ish. V/r Shawn
I have to agree with Shawn, I'm thinking 1917-1919, still a lot to learn about these bikes.

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